HELENA BONHAM CARTER (Madame Thenardier), a two-time Academy Award nominee, earned her latest Oscar nod for her performance in 2010's true-life drama THE KING'S SPEECH, directed by Tom Hooper. She also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations, and won BAFTA and British Independent Film Awards for her portrayal of Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI. Additionally, the stars of The King's Speech won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Bonham Carter was honored with her first Oscar nod, as well as Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations, for her work in the 1997 romantic period drama THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, based on the novel by Henry James. For her performance in that film, she won Best Actress awards from a number of critics' organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
Bonham Carter also garnered a Golden Globe nomination and won an Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in Tim Burton's 2009 screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, in which she starred opposite Johnny Depp, who played the title role. In 2010, she reteamed with Burton and Depp for the fantastical adventure hit ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
In 2011, Bonham Carter appeared as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange in the blockbuster HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 reprising the role she played in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1.
Bonham Carter was most recently seen in Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS and will next star in Mike Newell's GREAT EXPECTATIONS. She just completed filming a starring role in Gore Verbinski's actioner THE LONE RANGER, with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
Bonham Carter made her feature film debut in 1986 in the title role of Trevor Nunn's historical biopic LADY JANE. She had barely wrapped production on that film when director James Ivory offered her the lead in A ROOM WITH A VIEW, based on the book by E.M. Forster. She received acclaim in two more screen adaptations of Forster novels: Charles Sturridge's WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD and Ivory's HOWARDS END, for which she earned her first BAFTA nomination. Her early film work also includes Franco Zeffirelli's HAMLET, opposite Mel Gibson; MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh; Woody Allen's MIGHTY APHRODITE; and TWELFTH NIGHT, in which she reunited with Trevor Nunn.
She starred in David Fincher's FIGHT CLUB, with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton; Tim Burton's BIG FISH, PLANET OF THE APES and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; and McG's actioner TERMINATOR SALVATION.
In addition, she has starred in such independent features as NOVOCAINE, THE HEART OF ME, TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US and CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN. She also lent her voice to the animated features CARNIVALE; Burton's CORPSE BRIDE, in the title role; and the Oscar-winning WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT.
On the small screen, Bonham Carter earned both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the telefilm LIVE FROM BAGHDAD and the miniseries MERLIN, and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Marina Oswald in the miniseries FATAL DECEPTION: MRS. LEE HARVEY OSWALD. She starred in the British miniseries HENRY VIII, as Anne Boleyn; in the BBC telefilm MAGNIFICENT 7, as the mother of seven children, including four autistic sons; and in the BBC biopic ENID, playing renowned children's storyteller Enid Blyton.
Bonham Carter's stage credits include productions of THE WOMAN IN WHITE, THE CHALK GARDEN, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA and TRELAWNY OF THE "WELLS," to name a few.
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